Our Vision:

Thriving American Cities

From Richmond, California, to Providence, Rhode Island, many cities across the nation continue to face significant economic challenges. These cities – and the people who live there – are essential to the nation’s economic future. With the right leaders, collaborating partners, new solutions and bold actions, these places and their people can achieve economic turnarounds and prosper.

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Planning & Implementation

We partner with elected local leaders in economically challenged communities to develop and implement recovery strategies.

Peer Learning

We facilitate opportunities for local leaders to connect and share insight, experience, and challenges with their peers in other cities.


We conduct research to provide local leaders and state and federal policymakers with information they need to adopt policies that foster economic revitalization in economically challenged cities.

Success Story

A Cross-Cutting Approach in Cleveland Heights

Cleveland Heights, Ohio is an inner ring suburb of 45,000 residents that has lost nearly 10% of its population since 2000. Working with the city manager, the Network provided advice on how the city could best facilitate redevelopment of a failing, privately-owned, 65-acre mall, practical support for better using technology and data to drive code enforcement, and a strategy for the launch of a partnership with a community development corporation to drive neighborhood revitalization.

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With #ClimateChange disruptions and more fully remote work, US population trends may change significantly in the long term.

#LandUse and other changes can help your community prepare to be a "receiver city" and capitalize on this: by @cnupublicsquare

Eight ways for ‘receiver cities’ to prepare

Great Lakes communities are prominent examples of what new urbanists often refer to as “receiver cities, towns, and villages.” They can pr...


With an intergovernmental agreement signed, US Army Corps of Engineers will begin long awaited construction of the Morganza to the Gulf flood protection and #Resilience project in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana: via @USACENOLA

Federal, state and local officials sign partnering agreement

On January 18, 2022, federal, state, and local officials gathered to mark the signing of a Project Partnering Agreement for the Morganza to the Gulf o...


We believe that advancing digital skills, tech access for older Americans is not just important for working (which AARP addresses here), but to maintain #CivicEngagement as it happens more & more in online spaces by Shayne Spaulding for @AARPpolicy

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Supporting Digital Skills Development and Access for Older Workers

Older workers have much to gain from online learning and working. A new study examines the barriers and opportunities that exist for older workers acc...


Worcester County, Maryland (@WorcesterCounty) intends to go big on #Broadband!

The County is applying for multiple state and federal grants to push construction ahead to #Rural portions of the county: via @oceancitytoday

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Worcester approves large broadband grant application

Talkie Communications will apply for a $20 million grant to assist in broadband construction after the Worcester County Commissioners approved the app...


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